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Anything new in Chester / Delaware Counties

FrancisdeR Jan 12, 2014 09:40 AM

I'm always looking for new ideas in our little part of the world where the pickings are sort of slim.

Some new serious Italian in West Chester (Core di Roma) and Glenn Mills (Il Granaio and Antico, both belong to the same family). Anything new Asian? I haven't seen much else that's new. What am I missing?


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  1. CindyJ RE: FrancisdeR Jan 13, 2014 05:24 AM

    You might be familiar with these already. Not brand new, but worth a mention, is Lily Asian Cuisine in Kennett Square. They have sushi, Japanese and Chinese offerings. It's about as good as Asian food gets in these parts.

    Fairly new in Kennett, but outside the "borough," is Two Stones Pub, in the same strip mall as Super Fresh. They have a wonderful beer selection and a great pub menu. We've been there twice and have been very pleased with the food.

    There really isn't much that's new around here, and I'm not aware of anything slated to open soon. Maybe we'll get something good in the former Orchard location. I was hopeful that a new restaurant would open in the former Simon Pearce spot, but I just read that an industrial equipment company has bought the space.

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      Misha RE: FrancisdeR Jan 13, 2014 10:04 AM

      I like Oriental Pearl on Chichester Ave, not far from 322. It's a Vietnamese place (they also serve Thai but haven't had any of that. Their Bun Hue (a spicy noodle soup) is really good. So are the spring rolls, "tacos" and vermicelli dishes. Not quite as good as Vietnam Cafe in West Philly but the food's really fresh and I always walk away feeling like it was money well spent.

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        arepo RE: FrancisdeR Jan 13, 2014 09:01 PM

        You probably already know Teikoku near West Chester on Route 3. Really good Asian.
        There is a new Pho (pronounced "Fuh") opening soon in Bryn Mawr. And of course you must already know Yang Ming, Nectar and Susannah Foo's. Those are the best Asian spots in the area.

        1. CindyJ RE: FrancisdeR Jan 14, 2014 06:55 AM

          I just read about a restaurant slated to open this spring in Olde Ridge Village on Rt. 202 in Chadds Ford. This one looks promising.



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            FrancisdeR RE: CindyJ Jan 17, 2014 05:33 AM

            Thanks, all, for your replies.

            I am familiar with Teikoku, and like it, but my go to place for anything Japanese (and some very decent Chinese dumplings) is Masamoto. In my view, it stands out heads and shoulders above anything else outside of Phila.

            Misha, thanks for Oriental Pearl. It's hike for us, but it's on the "try" list.

            So is Junto. Thanks, Cindy.

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              aliciakatz RE: CindyJ Jun 3, 2014 03:29 AM

              we went to junto on opening night. it was rather noisy, they can easily fix that, not sure if they did. The issue that my party of 4 had was that there were very few choices on the menu that appealed to us. I understand they have tweeked the menu a bit tho, so i will give it another try. one very odd thing is that both of my mezza mezza reviews that were opentable and yelp have disappeared. makes me really wonder about free speech on those sites!!!!

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                cwdonald RE: aliciakatz Jun 3, 2014 03:45 AM

                I actually see a review from an Alicia on yelp for Junto. (Two stars). What was most appealing to you from the menu?

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                  aliciakatz RE: cwdonald Jun 3, 2014 03:53 AM

                  ah, interesting. don't know why i didn't see it! glad to hear that. we loved the clams appetizer. most of us ordered the fish and it was pretty good. i also see that the other part of the restaurant has opened that has a little more variety. i think they are trying. one thing that was really odd was that when we sat down they served us a corn bread thing instead of bread. it was totally inedible and we had to send it back because it was so oversalted (the chef agreed). not sure how a simple thing like that can get messed up. anyhow, i will chalk that up to opening nite mishap.

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                  Red Oakley RE: aliciakatz Jun 3, 2014 10:13 PM

                  We've had Sunday brunch there twice now. First time was better than the second. First time we split a "We Are," which was dry and not particularly good. The other day we shared an apple dumpling and it, too, was just OK.

                  I've had the eggs + meat twice now, and the scrapple was to die for the first time -- perfectly crisped on the outside. This time it wasn't cooked as well. The over-easy eggs have been fine, and the toast is very good. A companion ordered scrambled eggs "hard," and although they sure looked well-cooked to me, she didn't think they were "hard" enough. The sausage was delicious, though.

                  We do like the BYOB aspect. DH makes an unbeatable Bloody Mary mix, and it's nice we can take that along with a bottle of vodka.

                  We plan to visit for dinner, but the dinner menu does seem a little scattered -- I didn't realize there are two different menus?

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                phillychower RE: FrancisdeR Jan 18, 2014 11:30 AM

                Not Asian, but we had a great meal at edgewood grill in Havertown. Might be cash only, hoping to get back soon.

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                  truman RE: FrancisdeR Jun 3, 2014 09:56 AM

                  Glad to see another vote for Core di Roma in WC. We were there a few weeks ago and had fantastic meals (beginning with the artichoke appetizer, which I was glad to not have to share - more for me!), topped off with great service. We'll definitely be going back.

                  New-ish: Buho's, Mexican, in Exton. It's been open for about 6 months, I think? We've liked all our meals there. http://buhosmexicanfood.com/

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